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3 log cabin blocks – video tutorial

Log cabin is a classic block but there are many variations and ways to make them.

Let’s see 3 of them.

Learn to make 3 different log cabin blocks

The mini log cabin belongs to a mini quilt: Tiny quilt.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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3 log cabin quilt blocks video tutorial

Tote bag with charm squares – video tutorial

To make this bag you’ll need 24 charm squares and some extra matching fabric for the exterior, batting and some fabric for the lining.

It’s an easy bag that you can make with some fabric scraps cut into 5″ x 5″ too.

Learn how to make a tote bag with 5” squares

Fabric collection

The fabrics are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton printed with low impact dyes. They’re a joy to work with.

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Note on straps

I’ve lately moved to using webbing for straps in my bags the reason being that the handmade straps I’ve used in the past wear a lot faster than the bag itself.

They’re inexpensive and you can get them in many colours.

If you’d like to explore other bag tutorials I’ve made over the years, here’s a roundup:

  1. Expandable tote bag
  2. Patchwork beach bag
  3. Tote bag tutorial
  4. Laptop slipcover with straps
  5. Charm pack tote bag with inside pocket tutorial
  6.  Charm squares and embroidery tote bag
  7. Spirit tote bag

All the tutorials are free.

If you make any of the bags, please upload a picture to TeresaDownUnder tote bags and my other sewing projects Flickr pool.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Patchwork tote bag video tutorial

Two star blocks: mills stars and 6 pointed star video tutorial

Two stars, 2 techniques.

Freezer paper foundation piecing

To make Mill and Stars block we’ll learn a foundation piecing technique that uses freezer paper.

Freezer paper templates are reusable because you don’t need to stitch through the paper. And removing the paper is a breeze! I hope you enjoy this technique.

Pattern suggestions for these 2 blocks

Block 1: Bijoux quilt pattern

The pattern includes all the fabric needs and assembly instructions as well as the paper templates for foundation piecing featured on the video as well as traditional templates.

For regular paper piecing you’ll have to use all four pieces in the template.

  • Bijoux quilt pattern

Block 2: 6-pointed star

This 6-pointed star technique, developed in 1991 by Marci Baker, is from the book Oh My Stars! which has 14 different projects. Check it out!

On the video I use a 60 degree ruler. While a 60 degree ruler isn’t necessary, if you intend to cut a lot of 60 degree triangles, it can be a god investment.

How to make this block without a 60 degree ruler?

Learn how to use your straight ruler to cut at 60 degree angles:

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Two star quilt blocks - video tutorial

Disappearing hourglass with pre-cuts – video tutorial

This is one of those blocks that start with two squares. It can be made in different sizes though for this demo I’ve chosen a 10″ pre-cut also called layer cake.

How to make 4 disappearing hourglass blocks with two 10″ squares

By using a variety of fabric and colour combinations you can make strikingly looking quilts quite easily.

Fabric collection

The demo uses pre-cut 10″ squares, also called layer cakes, from the Michael Miller Collection Fairy Frost Metallic. In red and green this would make a great Christmas quilt.

See an alternative and classy colour scheme with this collection in creams, greys and blacks.

Using 3 fabrics

disappearing hourglass block

Using 2 fabrics

disappearing hourglass block

Disappearing hourglass variations quilt block

Swirl: a block from Turnabout patchwork: simple quilts with a twist

This block belongs to my book Turnabout Patchwork: Simple quilts with a Twist.
I came across the block and its variations through experimentation.

The pieces that make up the block have many bias seams. If you don’t like sewing with bias seams this block isn’t  for you.

I personally find that if the pieces are small, like in this case, handling them presents no issues.

The block is made out of 2 squares of fabric. Yes, just 2 squares of fabric in contrasting fabrics.

How to make a quick and easy Swirl quilt block

Learn how to make a Hunter’s start quilt block in  just over 2 minutes:

Fabric recommendations

You can make the quilt in 2 colours:

Or you can make it in multiple colours:

Block size

The finished block is 10 1/2 inches square.

Swirl quilt pattern

This is one of the quilts from my book Turnabout patchwork using this variation of this block Sarah Myers from  the Quilted Diary made.

Swirl quilt

The pattern is one of 23 quilt patterns in my book “Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist“. The book is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

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